Question: what draws you to other Christians? What do you see in them that inspires you? What do they do that drives you to new levels?
In a world filled with connectivity, we have fallen short. We lead lives of pleasure and forget the rest. We wear our emotions on our sleeves, stumbling around in a cloud of bitterness or pride. We’re full of ourselves and quickly distracted. We let life happen to us instead of the other way around. Even when we take pleasure in doing good works, we forget what is most important: our witness.
It’s remarkable isn’t it? How easily we forget about this one most important part of it all.
In this year alone, God has revealed my own weaknesses dozens of times. It’s like every where I turn I realize mistake after mistake and flaw after flaw. And the most impressionable realization I have found is that each and every weakness all contribute to the lack of good witness in my life. Don’t get me wrong, I show kindness to strangers and I read my Bible. I go to church and contribute an “amen” here and there. I press into worship and share the words the Holy Spirit has given me through social media. But where is the sustenance?
Is it the same for you? How many times have you shared an inspirational quote on Facebook, only to lie to a friend? How many times have you not only raised your hands, but shouted in worship, only to go silent when the Gospel needed to be told? How many moments have you shared laughter with friends and family who don’t believe, but forgotten to share one moment of telling them about the goodness of Christ? Are we showing them how God moves in their own lives? Or are we too comfortable to do it?
I’m not saying to spend all your time preaching the Gospel until everyone (including you) is blue in the face. By all means, enjoy times of celebration. Post quotes from sermons online. Rock that Jesus fish bumper sticker. But challenge your character follow suit. Change the empty seat next to you at church into a full one. Turn up that worship music when you’re driving your coworker home. Spend a few minutes talking with the homeless person on the street. See God move more than just your follower count. Be Jesus in more than just your profile. Be Jesus here in the real world.
We all are stumbling around in the same fashion. We all have weaknesses under stones that God is ready to reveal. He knows how flawed we truly are. And He knew how flawed we would be when He sent His son. But that still didn’t stop Him from telling us to “go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matt 28:19-20 NKJV). Jesus knew how broken we would be in 2016. He knew political correctness would put us to shame and losing followers would hurt us like knives. He knew. But this is why He finished the commission with His most sincere promise, saying “and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen” (Matt 28:20 NKJV). Let your struggles be a song of God’s grace. Let your weaknesses draw people in. Then your trials become testimonies, and strangers become siblings in Christ.
What draws you to other Christians is not how many times you have seen them stumble, but how many times they get up, brush themselves off, and go out into the world to witness again with Jesus by their side. Are you ready to be one too?